Coming to you this week from The Town Hall in New York City, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, soprano Maria Jette and pianist and accordionist Dan Chouinard, our friends Robin and Linda Williams, and classical pianist Stephen Hough. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, David Finck on bass, Kevin Kuhn on guitar, and Ray Marchica on drums, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • Maria Jette

    Versatile soprano Maria Jette can sing dozens of operatic roles. She also performs pop songs, chamber music, oratorio, and show tunes. She has appeared with orchestras nationwide, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra. Among her recordings are two albums of P.G. Wodehouse songs, with pianist/accordionist Dan Chouinard: In Our Little Paradise: Songs of P.G. Wodehouse and The Siren's Song: Wodehouse & Kern on Broadway.
  • Dan Chouinard

    Pianist/accordionist Dan Chouinard is a Twin Cities native who creates programs that blend history and music. Among these is Cafe Europa, about a bicycle trip he took from Naples to Normandy - accordion strapped to his bike - in search of Minnesota World War II stories. More recently, Steerage Song reflected on the thousands of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island. Dan's recordings include The Siren's Song: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway, his second volume of P.G. Wodehouse songs, both with soprano Maria Jette.
  • Stephen Hough

    London's The Guardian called Stephen Hough "Britain's greatest living magician of the keyboard." In addition to his virtuosity as a concert pianist, he is a conductor, writer, poet, painter, and composer. Gramophone magazine named his complete Saint-Saens Piano Concertos the best recording of the past 30 years. This year, Stephen Hough was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). Hough: Five Classic Albums, a five-CD boxed set, was recently released on the Warner Classics label.
  • Robin and Linda Williams

    "Individually their voices can melt cheese, and in duet they can do all-purpose welding," Garrison Keillor has said of Robin and Linda Williams. Singing the music they love, be it bluegrass, folk, old-time, or acoustic country, these two have carved out a more than three-decade career that has taken them from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. They first appeared on A Prairie Home Companion in 1975, the same year they recorded their first album. Back 40 - marking 40 years on the road and 40 years of marriage - was released in 2013 on Red House Records.